MS and Anger
Anger is another common feeling in those with MS as it is a part of the grieving process. Many professionals consider depression and anger the same feeling. When targeted inwards towards yourself, it is depression. When targeted out against certain people or the world-at-large, it is called anger.
If you have been depressed for too long, consider tapping into anger in a preventative, controlled way. Here’s how:
Yelling at people is usually not productive. People’s feelings get hurt and you say things that you do not mean.
Instead, yell at the wall or into a pillow. Say everything and anything you need or want to say. Hearing the words come out of your mouth provides a sense of relief.
After you complete the yelling, think about what it is you really want to say to MS or someone in your life and more appropriate ways to communicate it.
Waiting until you are fuming to find something to break is not a great idea. A better idea is to visit a local thrift shop or yard sale to find unwanted dishes, records, vases or anything else that looks like fun to break. Store them and when you feel anger building, seek them out.
Of course, safety is important. Think about wearing safety glasses and gloves. Break the items in a spot where there is no risk of injury to others. The sensation of breaking something can be quite rewarding.
Designate what is “hittable” in your home. Perhaps investing in a punching bag or taking kickboxing classes will be beneficial for you. Balloons are great options as they are readily available and clean up easily. Many times, anger comes from feeling powerless or helpless. Hitting something can inspire a feeling of empowerment that you can use to achieve your goals.
This is another fantastic way to divert anger desirably. Throwing a ball against a wall or a chunk of clay against the floor provides relief by releasing energy and stimulating your senses of touch, sight and sound. Pick up that clay and throw it down harder.